In our previous blog, we discuss the circumstances that arise causing the need for a tooth extraction. While your dentist will attempt to save your natural structure as best as it can be saved, sometimes the only option is to remove it. The problem is, however, that even though the compromised/diseased structure has been removed, the infection itself may still be present, threatening your remaining teeth and causing other complications down the line. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist will look at the benefits of replacing a lost structure and how it can significantly improve your oral health.
Every tooth is comprised of a root and a crown, with the root being embedded below the gum line in the jaw. The purpose for this is to serve as an anchor so that your teeth do not fall out, and maintain the secure structural integrity that allows your teeth to absorb the pressure of your bite. When there is a gap in your smile, your bite must readjust to accommodate for the missing structure, which will ultimately cause difficulty in chewing, biting, and enunciation as well as strain and discomfort. Not only this, but the section of jaw that is without a root will essentially not have a purpose to fulfill, leading to deterioration down the line if left untreated.
In order to combat this problem, your dentist may recommend a dental implant and restoration to help restore your bite’s function. During this procedure, your dentist will place a titanium implant post to function as an artificial root, bonding securely with the jaw once it heals. Atop this post will be a custom-created restoration or crown that is designed to mimic the natural appearance and texture of your smile, even down to the shade. Once your implant is placed, your bite will be able to function optimally once more.
Decreases Risk of Future Loss
Because decay and infection are the top causes for tooth loss or extraction, it is no surprise that once the first structure is missing, your likelihood of losing surrounding ones increases dramatically. This is because oral bacteria that cause complications tend to thrive in warm, moist, hard-to-clean areas, which means the gums are an ideal home to most. By seeking a restorative procedure such as an implant or bridge, you will be able to decrease your chances of losing more structures.
Completes Your Smile
In addition to the functional and health benefits of implant restorations, they cosmetically assist by completing your smile! We recognize that your smile plays a significant factor in your level of confidence, and it only takes a small blemish or, in this case, a lost tooth to affect that. With a lifelike solution, you will be able to enjoy a full grin once more.
Call Our Team
For more information on our restorative procedures or to schedule your appointment, contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 today.